Saturday, April 28, 2012

Six principles for brain learning using social media

Does google make us smarter? Or do we become less intelligent?
Social media is appropriate for all learning styles!
These were two statements that set the stage for the inspiration workshop 'Brain meets social media' held on the 17th April 2012 organised by Ennuonline. Ria van Dinteren, author of Brain@work and Joitske Hulsebosch, author of Ennuonline conducted the workshop explaning the  principles on how the brain can be optimized for learning through social media.  Sa-Fo-Fe-Re-Fe-Co

Six principles for brain learning;  Sa-Fo-Fe-Re-Fe-Co
Six principles should be considered while developing a learning trajectory including social media:
1. Safety
Make sure participants feel safe and welcome online. Our brains get ready for learning, if we feel safe. The first thing people do if they enter an online community, is checking the pictures, profiles and names of the people who participate. After that they get involved in the topic and discussions.
2. Focus
Make sure that the online discussion or community has a domain and an accepted goal. If the community has a clear focus, people feel more involved. Our brains get every day so much impulses and information, that it automatically filters the important and non-important issues. A clear domain helps the brain to manage choices.
3. Feeling
People should be able to express their emotions for learning. Our brains get most actively involved when we feel positive or negative emotions. Especially synchronous events such as teleconferences or real time chat talks provide an opportunity to share feelings and emotions. In a learning trajectory it is essential to include events and moments, where people can express their emotions. For asynchronous online discussions it is important to communicate constructive and positive. People feel safe and more connected to people, who are optimistic and warm, than people who are negative and non-constructive.

See  impressions inspiration workshop 17th April 2012

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4. Reflection
Online communication does generally not include the element of non-verbal communication.  Regular collection of feedback is necessary to know how people learn, how they interact and how they are involved in the process.
From the individual perspective, regular reflection and continous repetition is necessary to embed learning in supporting behaviourial change. Average it takes 10.000 hours to become a skilled professional on a certain topic. Our brains need reflection and repetition in the process of behaviourial change.
5. Feeding
Average an internet user watches 3 to 4 seconds at a webpage. Outlook, attractive images and lay-out, which communicate the essence of the information are crucial elements for engaging the online viewer. Images, videos, photos, games are like food for the internet user.  If the brains are focused on getting food, they wil not focus on the content and the discussions.  The eyes, ears, taste, nose and body need to be satisfied first, before engaging in the content. Funny images, cartoons, short games or polls can replace the role of food at internet. Our brains need to be fed regularly.
6.  Connectivity
Our brains have a need for connectivity.  First we have a need to relate to people. Togetherness and company are important factors creating an enabling environment.  Associations with colors, events, noise make our brains to connect to lessons we learned or specific moments we remember.  Most people will know where they were at the 11th September 2001.   But we might have forgotten were we stayed on the 25th May 2005......    If we see  a  red Toyota car, we might think of our neighbour. So, all the time we connect things or people to information or lessons we learned.   So if you hear Sa-Fo-Fe-Re-Fe-Co ,  you will be reminded of the 6 principles for brainlearning through social media.

One video that caught my attention at the inspiration workshop and I will not forget anymore was about 'if books came after games'   Watch the video:  If books came after games.....     
Ria vanDinteren and Joitske Hulsebosch,  thanks for the inspiration at this inspiration workshop!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Participatory video in Marseille

"How do habitants think about their own neighbourhood?".  This was the theme about which 17 European videomakers developed a participatory video on how citizens think of their neighbourhood in Marseille and Aix en Provence.  The theme was interesting since Marseille will be the cultural European Capital in 2013 together with Kosice in Slovakia.   This Grundtvig funded training about Participatory Videomaking was organised by Têtes de l'Art in co-operation with Vidéos des Pays et des Quartiers (VDPQ) and Anonymal. from 5th - 10th March, 2012.

See video:  Participatory video making in Marseille

"This training was well organised. We learned how to plan a story", shares one of the participants. "A good planning is essential. It helps to develop the story and it saves time for video editing".  During the middle of the week interviews were conducted in specific urban areas of Marseille and Aix en Provence.  Two teams composed a 7-minute video each.   See; Video  PV Marseille and  Video PV Aix en Provence.    The two videos were shown at  a participatory livestream tv broadcast platform discussing citizenship and participatory video.   
The livestream tv broadcast was prepared and conducted by the 17 participants supported by one team on the technical part (camera, sound, light, decor, room set up) and editorial part. The live discussion tv broadcast was animated by one of the participants.

The week was a special and a unique experience.

  • I learned a lot of small things about video story development,  camera work and video editing;
  • The week provided the opportunity to build a joint group feeling all coming from different countries and cultural contexts. We communicated both in English and French;
  • The broadcast of a participatory livestream video platform by the end of the week is a stimulating goal that helps to get focus, it strengthens the group's identity and it facilitates a process of learning.
The event was a milestone in my personal development as a participatory videomaker.  I feel connected with the International European Network Vidéos des Pays et des Quartiers (VDPQ).  Every year in the second or third week of June they are involved in the organisation of the Filmfestival about Community Video in Kosice, Slovakia.  It was a great experience!